I have finally made it to double digits in the Around the World in 80 Bites series. Bite 10 is inspired by my recent trip to the Canadian province of New Brunswick.
Bite 10: blueberries
Wild blueberries are grown and cultivated in New Brunswick but it is Oxford Nova Scotia that has the title of ‘(wild) blueberry capital of Canada‘.
My family is from Nova Scotia and every summer my maternal grandmother, ‘Granny Colley’, would come for a 3-week visit to Toronto. While here, she would buy my brother and I the fruit of our choice from what was surprisingly a decent fruit stand inside a suburban mall. My brother always opted for raspberries while I got the blueberries. It was our ‘treat’. I looked forward to getting an entire pint of them all to myself but little did I know at the time that I was enamoured with a superfood.
Blueberries are renowned for their antioxidant capacity and contain significant levels of vitamin K and C, manganese and fibre. They are versatile in their use and apparently still retain their antioxidant potency even when frozen. They pair well with sweet or savoury flavours and are particularly akin to lemon, white chocolate and other berries. Try blueberries in smoothies, cakes, pie, scones, muffins, salad, mustard, jam, yoghurt, granola, cookies etc.
I prefer to eat them raw because I like them just the way they are.
How do you like your blueberries?